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Manitou Springs Living
Hidden between Garden of the Gods and America’s most famous mountain, Pikes Peak, lies the magical town of Manitou Springs, just minutes from Colorado Springs.
“Manitou,” a Native American word for “ great spirit,” describes this beautiful mountain community. Eight naturally carbonated mineral spring fountains, located throughout this historic town, run free for all who wish to enjoy their healing benefits. The Ute, Cheyenne and other Native Americans considered this area sacred for its healing springs and clean mountain air.
The naturally occurring mineral springs have a rich history of giving and restoring health to people who traveled thousands of miles to be healed by the magical waters. Today, health and wellness continues to be a draw for residents and visitors who come to the area for its unparalleled quality of life and holistic, spiritually uplifting personality.
Where Life and Art Merge…
Manitou Springs is a vibrant artisan community, home to world class art, music, theater, and sidewalk sculpture displays. The Historic District is lined with unique art galleries, one of a kind gift shops and trading posts with handcrafted Native American treasures. Manitou Springs is home to dozens of artists and art galleries. The Manitou Springs Arts Council is a driving force for the arts in our historic town!
Manitou springs is also home to internationally famous historic restaurants as well as many favorite neighborhood dining establishments. Manitou Springs has a wide selection of quality accommodations. Lodging can be found in historic hotels, many unique Victorian bed & breakfasts, classic and cozy unique hotels & motels, quality motor inns, top quality chains, secluded cabins & cottages, and RV Parks & campgrounds.
The Pikes Peak area attractions make your Manitou Springs experience complete.
The Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway will take you to the top of Pikes Peak with an elevation of 14,115 feet. At the Cave of the Winds, you will descend into the colorful depths of Colorado. Miramont Castle and the Cliff Dwellings Museum will take you back in time. The Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama will tickle your funny bone and delight your senses. The Garden of the Gods Park & The Garden of the Gods Visitors & Nature Center will lift your spirit. Visit the Garden of the Gods Trading Post at the south edge of the park for the largest gift shop and gallery in the area. The Ghost Town Museum and the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will bring you back 100 years to an 1800’s old west town. Families have all of this to enjoy and more!
In addition, the North Pole & Santa’s Workshop, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Seven Falls, Dinosaur Resource Center, Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center and the Air Force Academy are all a short drive away.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Travel to the 14,115 ft Pikes Peak on the World's Highest cog train!
Since 1891, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway has been taking thousands of people to the 14,115 ft summit of Pikes Peak. Come explore America’s Mountain in comfort and style as you take a guided tour to the summit and back. If you want an educational trip that is fun for the whole family, the Cog Railway is the way to go! The tabs on the left will give you more detailed information about the trip..All aboard!
This 3 hour and 10 minute trip spans over 8.9 miles of track. The first third of the trip is along Ruxton Creek in Englemann Canyon. Here the steep track follows a cascading stream through dense stands of Englemann spruce, Colorado blue spruce, and Ponderosa pine trees. Be sure to pay attention to the boulder fields on both sides of the train; conductors like to point out the various “faces” and shapes which, with a bit of imagination, can be seen in the giant boulders.
Right near the Minnehaha switch, where the down bound trains pass the up bound trains on many trips, is Minnehaha Falls.
Right below the old settlement of Ruxton Park, the train passes through what is known as “Hell’s Gate.” Don’t worry, it’s not as ominous as it sounds, it’s just a natural gateway in the mountains.
After a few more minutes, the train passes through Deer Park, where passengers sometimes catch a glimpse of mule deer grazing. Then we pass over the Four Mile Siding and get our first glimpse of Pikes Peak! At the halfway point of the journey, you will pass by Mountain View, another siding. At about the 5-mile point, the grade steepens again and we begin climbing in earnest.
Here on “The Big Hill,” Mount Almagre dominates the views.
Many of the trees in this area are bristlecone pine, some of the oldest living things on earth! It is estimated that some bristlecone pines on Pikes Peak are over 2000 years old. For more information on these amazing trees, check out this website: www.sonic.net/bristlecone.
Once we climb above timberline, the views become more expansive. Timberline is the area where trees stop growing. They cannot get enough moisture because, just under the surface, there is permafrost where the ground remains frozen year-round. What does grow is known as Alpine tundra: a mixture of mosses, grasses, and wildflowers, which have all adapted to the extremely short growing season.
Here passengers frequently see yellow-bellied marmots and Bighorn sheep. The yellow-bellied marmot is the most populous animal on Pikes Peak. Playful creatures, the marmots like to sun themselves on rocks in the summer and hibernate in the winter. They are noted for their piercing whistle, which alerts others of danger, and gives rise to the name “whistling marmots” or “whistle pig.” Pikes Peak is also home to one of the largest herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in Colorado.
The last 3 miles of the trip are all above timberline. To the east stretch the Great Plains out beyond the border of Colorado and Kansas. To the south, the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) Range stretches south to New Mexico. On the western horizon, just slightly to the southwest, lies the Collegiate Range.
To the southwest, as the base of Pikes Peak, sit the old mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor. Once upon the summit, if the weather is clear (and there is not much Denver smog), you can see the skyscrapers of downtown Denver.